Posted by: Rowland | April 2, 2008

An enemy strategy & God’s antidote

About 15 years ago a friend from Guyana was briefing us to the affect not to be surprised if our marriage came under pressure as we came to the Caribbean. By God’s grace we are still intact in this area – forewarned is forearmed, I guess. But I have noticed a number of friends’ marriages are coming under pressure and any weak links are being exploited in the spiritual conflict we are in. If the devil can break through here he will destroy leadership. And then there are tensions amongst newly-weds too. My Guyanese friend reminded me that another church leader here had noticed years ago that ministries that seek to serve in the area of marriage counselling etc., often come under severe attack. He thought it could be traced back to Barbados being used as a breeding ground for slaves.

And so we have alerted our folk to this challenge, especially as this has been a year when several young couples have been prepared for marriage. All Christians know that prayer is important but the older I have become the more I have realised this. At times I have thought it a hyper-spiritual substitute for obedient action – asking God to do things which He has asked us to do. Now I know it is not either/or but both/and!

And a contemporary, a pentecostal pastor of a very large church here has realised afresh recently the value of praying in tongues, something which one might have taken for granted in his tradition but which has now come alive for him with much greater significance. So folk of my ‘older’ generation are finding even greater depth in things we have known all our spiritual lives and the motivation is there to practise them with greater intensity.

How good of God to persist in our development and not let us settle down – or even retire; after all there is a Kingdom to be established!

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  1. Thanks for this post, Rowley…

    There can be no such thing as “retirement” in the Kingdom of Christ – there is ALWAYS something to do…

    As an old lady friend from my home church says “better to work out than rust out!”

    Keep going, old friend – you’re an inspiration to us all, in marriage, in ministry, in life. šŸ™‚

    Shalom


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